Phil Kessel Suspended 3 Games

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 24 2013 04:50PM

 

As we all know, Phil "Trill" Kessel took his beloved "hackey" a little too literally on Sunday, going full Lumberjack/Jedi on John Scott's completely oblivious ankles. We noticed it, the Sabres noticed it, and NHL Player Safety certainly did, suspending Kessel for the rest of the preseason. 

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20/20 Hindsight - The Brawl

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 23 2013 04:14PM

 

Did you know that the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres played a hockey game last night? That Phil Kessel scored two goals? That Jake Gardiner and James Van Riemsdyk both had successful efforts that made their opponents look like ragdolls? The Leafs almost blew a 4-1 lead (sorry), but ultimately won in front of the home town fans. However, nobody cares about that. The focus? A highly controversial line brawl.

At first glance, it was extremely entertaining, even if you aren't huge on the idea of fighting in hockey. I hate staged fighers and goons, but even I checked that to the door and was scared of blinking and missing even a millisecond as everything unfolded. As the dust settles, there's been a lot of controversy over a bunch of the small moments, and I try to break it all down, from both perspectives. 

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Sights And Sounds, Marlies Camp Day 3

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 20 2013 07:55PM

 

The Toronto Marlies entered day three of training camp a little bigger then when I first checked in on Wednesday. On that afternoon, the team re-added defenceman Jesse Blacker, and rookie Tyler Biggs to the roster, but both missed practice yesterday and made debuts today. Also making his debut was winger Stefan Legein, who is here on a professional tryout contract.

Unlike the day 1 post, there isn't much to say (other than maybe some credit deserves to be given to Jerry D'Amigo and Brad Ross, who were out doing skating drills with Barb Underhill at least a half hour before scheduled start) No new ground was really broken, and the quotes I've got are being saved for other things. So, to make up for it, here's a bunch of photos again: 

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Marlies Open Training Camp

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 18 2013 02:26PM

While Leafs training camp continued to run its inevitable course, the Toronto Marlies took in yesterday's first cuts (with the addition of a few others) and began doing preparation of their own for the upcoming season today at the Mastercard Centre for Hockey Excellence. 

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Leafs Make First Cuts / D'Amigo's Leadership Leap?

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 17 2013 02:27PM

With two preseason games over and done with, the Toronto Maple Leafs have made their first set of cuts. Frederick Gauthier, Ryan Rupert, and Kevin Raine (non-signed invite) were sent to their respective junior teams for another year of development, but in the short term, they've also cut eleven other players, who have found their way to the Toronto Marlies roster in anticipation of their training camp. 

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